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Asparagus officinalis 'Sweet Purple'

Larger and more tender option to green asparagus. Wonderfully mild, nutty flavor when cooked; 20% higher sugar content than green varieties makes for a more flavorful asparagus. Spears turn green when cooked.

1) Plant in spring after the soil has warmed up to 50 degrees.
2) Asparagus need well drained soil with a pH of 7 to 7.2, a soil test is recommended to show any fertilizer needs.
3) Dig a furrow 5-6 inches deep and apply 1 lb of 0-46-0 fertilizer per 50 feet row to the bottom of the furrow.
4) Place crowns in the furrow, 12-16 inches apart; fertilizer will not burn asparagus crowns and they will grow no matter how they are placed in the furrow.
5) Fill the furrow with soil to its original level and do not tamp down.

Characteristics:

Bloom Time:

Harvest late spring to early summer

Mature Height:

24-36 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

3-10 Find your zone

Exposure:

Full Sun

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow on at 50-55° F in high light conditions. Keep soil evenly moist, not overly wet and never completely dry. Responds well to compost tea used for fertilizer. Will be 2-3 seasons before you can begin to harvest.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 38

Transplanting Instructions:

Soak roots for a short time then plant in well draining soil with a 7.0- 7.2 pH level. Keep crown 4" below soil surface with roots spread down within the pot. Once planted, water well and apply a broad spectrum fungicide to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun. Resists fusarium, rust, and crown rot.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.